Leixões Sport Club, commonly known as Leixões (Portuguese pronunciation: [lɐjˈʃõj̃ʃ]), is a Portuguese sports club from Matosinhos. It is organised into several departments for many sports, such as football, boxing, karate, volleyball, swimming and billiards. It is most well known for its professional football department.
|Full name||Leixões Sport Club|
|Nickname(s)||Os Bebés (The Babies)|
Heróis do Mar (Sea Heroes)
|Ground||Estádio do Mar|
Leixões won the 1960–61 Taça de Portugal.
Leixões Sport Club was founded in 1907, making them one of Portugal's oldest sports clubs in continuous operation. In 1961, they won their only Taça de Portugal, defeating Porto 2–0. This qualified Leixões to the 1961–62 European Cup Winners' Cup, in which they reached the quarter-finals before losing 4–2 on aggregate to East German side Motor Jena. Leixões had their best top-flight league performance in 1962–63, finishing fifth, 12 points behind champions Benfica.
In 2002, Leixões beat Braga 3–1 away to secure a place in the Taça de Portugal final (the first and only third division club to play a final) against Sporting CP. The club, however, lost 1–0, but nonetheless secured a spot in the following season's UEFA Cup after Sporting had also finished as national champions for the year. The following season, Leixões lost 5–3 on aggregate to Greek side PAOK after winning the first leg 2–1 at home, thus suffering elimination in the first round of the UEFA Cup. That same year, they romped to the Segunda Divisão B title with 94 points and with it they gained promotion to the Segunda Liga.
In 2004, they just avoided relegation back to Division Two and finished 14th. A year later, they battled to finish seventh in the league. Finally in 2006, they nearly reached the top-flight Primeira Liga, losing out to Desportivo das Aves in the promotion chase by finishing third, two points behind Aves. Third place used to merit a promotion, but due to a re-construction to all leagues, it meant only the top two would go up (Beira-Mar as champions and Aves as runners-up). Finally, in 2007, they gained promotion to the Liga, 18 years after their relegation. During this stint, which lasted three seasons, their best result was a sixth-place finish in 2008–09. Their last match in the Primeira Liga was a 1–0 away loss to Olhanense on 2 May 2010.
- Segunda Liga: 1
- 1937–38, 2002–03
- As of 12 February, 2020
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Notable former playersEdit
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|1961–62||European Cup Winners' Cup||PR||Chaux Fonds||5–0||2–6||7–6|
|1964–65||Inter-Cities Fairs Cup||1R||Celtic||1–1||0–3||1–4|
|1968–69||Inter-Cities Fairs Cup||1R||Argeș Pitești||1–1||0–0||1–1|
League and cup historyEdit
The club has played 22 seasons at the top level of Portuguese football.
|2 season(s) at lower levels|
|1 season(s) at lower levels|
|16 season(s) at lower levels|
|1962–63||1D||5||26||10||10||6||34||33||30||last 16||best classification ever|
|1964–65||1D||9||26||8||5||13||50||51||21||1st round||FC||1st round|
|1968–69||1D||11||26||7||7||12||21||30||21||last 16||FC||1st round|
|1983–84||2DN||3||29||16||5||8||47||29||37||last 32||see notes|
|8 season(s) at lower levels|
|2002–03||2DN||1||38||29||7||2||73||27||94||2nd round||UC||1st round||promoted|
|2007–08||1D||14||30||4||14||12||27||37||26||6th round||3rd round|
|2008–09||1D||6||30||12||9||9||30||31||45||quarter final||2nd round|
|2009–10||1D||16||30||5||6||19||25||51||21||Last 32||3rd round||relegated|
|2010–11||2H||6||30||10||12||8||35||27||43||Last 16||2nd round|
|2011–12||2H||11||30||11||7||12||32||34||37||Last 16||1st round|
|2012–13||2H||3||42||18||14||10||49||36||68||3rd round||2nd round|
|2013–14||2H||17||42||13||8||21||42||57||47||Last 16||3rd round|
|2014–15||2H||20||46||13||11||22||53||67||50||2nd round||1st round|
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- "Portugal 1962-63". Rsssf.com.
- "Portugal 1976-77". Rsssf.com.
- "Portugal 1988-89". Rsssf.com.
- "Estádio do Mar em Matosinhos". Igogo.pt.
- pt:Taça de Honra da AF Porto
- The game Leixões-Gil Vicente was suspended due to a field invasion.
- Famalicão, who had finished first was demoted to the third division for charges of bribery.